Peter Van Eyck

Actor, Musician
Peter van Eyck was a German-born musician-turned-actor whose film career in the United States was bookended by work throughout Europe. With Hitler's ascendance in the early 1930s, van Eyck left Germany to play piano in ... Read more »
Born: 07/16/1913 in Germany

Filmography

Actor (24)

The Bridge at Remagen 1969 (Movie)

Gen Von Brock (Actor)

Assignment to Kill 1968 (Movie)

Walter Green (Actor)

Shalako 1968 (Movie)

Frederick von Hallstatt (Actor)

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold 1965 (Movie)

Hans-Dieter Mundt (Actor)

Vengeance 1964 (Movie)

Doctor Peter Corrie (Actor)

Die Todesstrahlen des Dr. Mabuse 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rosemary 1959 (Movie)

Fribert (Actor)

The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 1959 (Movie)

Henry B Travers (Actor)

Girl on the Third Floor 1957 (Movie)

Frank Richter (Actor)

Attack! 1956 (Movie)

Tall German (Actor)

Run For the Sun 1956 (Movie)

Van Anders (Actor)

The Rawhide Years 1956 (Movie)

Antoine (Actor)

A Bullet For Joey 1955 (Movie)

Hartman (Actor)

Mr. Arkadin 1955 (Movie)

Thaddeus (Actor)

The Wages of Fear 1955 (Movie)

Bimba (Actor)

Le Grand Jeu 1953 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

Night People 1953 (Movie)

Petrechine (Actor)

Address Unknown 1944 (Movie)

Heinrich Schulz (Actor)

Five Graves to Cairo 1942 (Movie)

Lt. Schwegler (Actor)

Heidi (TV Show)

Actor

Indecent (Movie)

Alexander (Actor)

Strange Confession (Movie)

Hafner (Actor)

The Desert Fox (Movie)

German officer (Actor)

The Moon Is Down (Movie)

Lt. Tonder (Actor)

Biography

Peter van Eyck was a German-born musician-turned-actor whose film career in the United States was bookended by work throughout Europe. With Hitler's ascendance in the early 1930s, van Eyck left Germany to play piano in London, Paris, Cuba, and eventually New York, where he also was a composer and worked for Irving Berlin. Legendary director and fellow ex-pat Billy Wilder helped van Eyck find radio work, and a screen test, which led to van Eyck's role in the 1943 drama "The Moon is Down"; Wilder himself also cast van Eyck as a lieutenant in the war thriller "Five Graves to Cairo" that same year. But van Eyck's best film work came in Europe, post-World War II. When not cast as a Nazi or similarly evil fascist types, he appeared in such standout projects as the French-Italian epic thriller "The Wages of Fear", which starred French icon Yves Montand, and "The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse", a 1960 mystery made by Fritz Lang, another celebrated European ex-pat. In 1965, van Eyck had a supporting part in the Academy Award-nominated U.K. thriller "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold", an English-speaking role which he followed with parts in a series of French, Spanish, and Italian-language films. Among van Eyck's much shorter list of television credits, he appeared in an episode of the anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", and, toward the end of his life and career, as Doctor Raboux children's classic, "Heidi", in 1968.van Eyck passed way from sepsis at age 57

Milestones

1932

Moved to US

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